UPDATE (by David): David Wade, John Kerry’s Chief of Staff, says on Twitter in response to this post that “kerry supports this and has for 2 years.” So, the MA delegation is 2-for-2, I guess?
So right out of the gate, Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren is joining the fight for filibuster reform:
On the first day of the new session in January, the senators will have a unique opportunity to change the filibuster rule with a majority vote, rather than the normal two-thirds vote. The change can be modest: If someone objects to a bill or a nomination in the United States Senate, they should have to stand on the floor of the chamber and defend their opposition.
I’m joining Senator Jeff Merkley and six other newly elected senators to pledge to lead this reform on Day One, and I hope you’ll be right there with us. Our campaign didn’t end on Election Day — and I’m counting on you to keep on working each and every day to bring real change for working families. This is the first step.
While it’s certainly great (and hardy suprising) to see Warren getting out front on this important issue, what did I spy when I read a recent article in The Hill on the status of efforts to enact filibuster reform and past votes on reform?
Last time around, guess who didn’t vote on this critical issue?
Senator John Kerry, that’s who.
Without reform of the filibuster, all we will see is more of that toxic gridlock which everyone supposedly despises. In my opinion, given what we’ve seen the past four years, voting for filibuster reform should be a no brainer for every Democratic Senator, period.
I just called Senator Kerry’s office and, per the very friendly staffer I spoke with, he has not taken a position on this issue.
So let’s do something about that, eh?
Senator Kerry’s Washington office number is 202-224-2742.